Francis Ngannou is determined to demonstrate that he is much more than just a knockout artist when he faces Tyson Fury in the boxing ring.
Scheduled for a 10-round bout on October 28 in Saudi Arabia, Ngannou will take on the boxing champion Fury. Although the WBC title won't be at stake, the match will be officially recorded, adding to the professional records of both fighters.
Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, is keen on proving his worth and hopes that Fury doesn't underestimate him. He is resolute in his vow that if Fury underestimates him, there will be significant consequences.
“He has said a lot of things,” Ngannou told TMZ. “He better just get ready for Oct. 28 because if he’s not taking this seriously, I think he might get surprised and get some regret for his life. I’m coming for all. This is my moment, this is my life, and this is what I’ve been waiting for.
“The boxing dream I’ve been having since I was a kid, even long time before I discovered MMA, this is it: fighting the boxing champion, the belt might not be on the line, but he is the reigning champion, and this is the dream. So I’m coming for everything.”
Many are giving Ngannou only a puncher’s chance against unbeaten Fury and think it’s highly unlikely that it even happens. But Ngannou, who recently signed a deal with PFL, thrives in the position of silencing his doubters.
“I have some knockout power,” Ngannou said. “It will be crazy if you walk to somebody like Tyson Fury, just counting like, ‘Oh, I have knockout power.’ I’m going there to box. I’m walking into this fight as a boxer, and I’m impressed to see how people are counting me out of this. It also gets me excited. One more thing that they keep doubting on me, and as usual, I might keep proving them wrong.”